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DIRECTOR OF EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES
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Career Overview:[ Coordinates programs for students, acclimates youth with classical music, helps secure a future in classical music.
Career Salary Range: $24,000 to $50,000+
Become a Director of Educational Activities
Students and youngsters within communities need to be able to partake in educational activities, and it is the orchestra’s Director of Educational Activities who is responsible for coordinating all orchestral activities for community kids. One of their main functions is to work with surrounding schools. In doing so, he or she might offer concerts to the schools or might bring parts of the orchestra to the schools to perform.
He or she also works closely with the Artistic Administrator, Managing Director, and/or the Assistant Manager. The Director of Educational Activities might recommend discounted student ticket prices and might work to make sure that all students, administrators, etc. are aware of special activities. The Director can do this by sending brochures, posters, or other promotional materials to schools or by placing marketing materials in areas surrounding the school.
Other things done by the Director of Educational Activities include planning tours for students of orchestra halls and concert venues, or preparing informational booklets that deal with the many different career opportunities within this field.
Please note that the Director of Educational Activities is not a position employed in all orchestras, as smaller orchestras usually give these responsibilities to the public relations or ticket subscriptions departments.
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The Director of Educational Activities in an orchestra might work part-time or full-time; part-time workers are paid by the hour or by the project. Those who work full time earn salaries ranging from $24,000 to $50,000 or more per year. Of course, these salaries vary depending on orchestra size and budget.
As mentioned, not all orchestras offer this position, so jobs are hard to come by. Also, because these types of orchestra jobs are hard to locate, not many people leave the position once they obtain it, leading to low turnover.
A Director of Educational Activities can seek advancement through similar jobs with bigger, more prestigious orchestras. He or she may also move up in the organization to the position of P.R. Director or Fundraising Director. Either way, advancement opportunities are poor due to low turnover with many positions within the orchestra.
Education and Training
Although some orchestras do not set educational requirements, individuals are often required to hold standard BA degree. See our list of music colleges here.
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Experience, Skills, and Personality
Of course, the Director of Educational Activities must know a lot about how the orchestra works and music in general. He or she should have the ability to write clearly and creatively and must be articulate and able to relate to children. Some obtain this position right out of college, while others work within an orchestra as Publicists or Section Players beforehand.
Unions and Associations
The Director of Educational Activities can belong to the American Symphony Orchestra League (ASOL), which is the association that offers seminars, information, and other useful assistance.
Suggestions for Getting Started
- It is useful to get involved with seminars and courses in orchestral management and administration with colleges, universities, associations, organizations, and orchestras.
- Also check for internships with your college or through the ASOL.
- Check the ASOL newsletter for opportunities.
- If you’re a student in school, try to volunteer for an orchestra or in a similar position with arts council projects.
- Check traditional job sites and orchestra websites for available positions.